From Clicking to Creating – Week 3 of 2018
This week the Dogwood 52 challenge is a technical one, shooting in full manual mode. This is their definition of the technical category for the year.
Technical: Technical Aptitude is just as important as creative inspiration in photography. This year’s technical category is primarily focused on in camera processes, however, there will be some post processing techniques included.
This is quite possibly one of the hardest things to master for most new photographers. Getting yourself away from the comfort zone of the Auto button can be intimidating. When I first started shooting a lot with my DSLR, I would do it in Aperture priority mode. This gave me some control, and the camera some control. Then a few years ago I was shooting with a friend of mine who has been a professional photographer for years. He said something that made perfect sense, and changed my view of full manual mode shooting. He said, the more control you can take away from the camera, the less things it has to think about to make the photo. Makes sense right? So I practiced, and learned some more and now shooting in manual is just second nature for me.
This weeks challenge for me was how to tweak those manual settings, and make the photo that I wanted. Controlling the aperture and shutter speed can create some fun, and artistic results that you could never get from shooting in Auto.
For this image of Torrey running at me I wanted a slow shutter speed to give it some artistic blur. This was shot with a shutter speed of 1/20 which is fairly slow. Since I was shooting in the early evening I had to adjust the aperture too, or I would have just made a blown out way too bright photo. So I stopped down, or closed, the aperture to reduce the amount of light hitting the lens. I shot this with an aperture of f/22. A high aperture, also increases depth of field, notice Roxy in the background. My ISO was 100 for this shot. So by taking full control of the camera, I was able to create this interesting image.